Holding on to a promising business relationship: by means of Option Solving!

After a great deal of patient effort, I finally met with the principal of a national organization that could help move my business in a bold new direction. The initial meeting went much better than expected and my objective seemed within my grasp over the next year or so. However, the long delayed meeting occurred shortly before the yearend holidays and, there’s this long held view of mine, that promises made before the holidays often shift due to New Year perspectives. That’s what happened in this case. By early February I was informed that my promising contact would have to break away from our intentions because something else of more immediate importance needed her attention. So, I was faced with the dilemma of how to salvage the situation.

Not to be deterred, I immediately started work on the appropriate option solving question and came up with: “What is my best alternative to combat closure of an initial business relationship, considering the person already feels pressure to pursue a new path, she’s not so disposed to listen,…?” You can see my other two considerations in our Latest Example. The considerations are an important defining point that our intuitive minds can use in finding the best solution. I came up with seven considerations, so picked the roughly 50% most important ones.

My mind was now gearing up to the challenge with great anticipation, but first I needed to create two ‘bookends’, the Ying and the Yang possibilities, which by their very nature would be extreme, unlikely options. These would help stimulate my intuitive mind to be as creative as possible when it came to more plausible options. So the two I came up with were: “Let her proceed down her new path,” and at the other end, “Throw my firm at her disposal.” Again, see our Latest Example. We also show why these were the least workable.

By using my rational mind to keep posing my original question to my intuitive mind, I was making the most of the combination of mind-gifts at my disposal. I stretched my thinking to arrive at five different options, one of which was: “Remind of initial idea+ Offer to use in her new priority situation ”… see Latest Example for the other four possibilities.

Then I decided to sleep on these five options, as a form of emotional distancing, before making a decision first thing the following morning. That choice was already waiting for me when I woke up, so I didn’t have my dilemma any longer as well felt comfortable about my decision…had explored all the other reasonable options and had given them due reflection. I then turned this decision into action, while I was still fully connected with the issue.

Please refer to the Latest Example to view the overall picture of a potential solution. If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.
Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting in 2 weeks: “Using Option Solving to decide on ‘Best way forward on innovating a new business venture?’” You’re your COMMENTS or go to peter @ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger.)


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